Intelligence Collection

As an intelligence collector, your mission is to acquire the vital information needed to produce intelligence. You may live and work anywhere in the world. You may be asked to use your proficiency in a foreign language or to learn a new language. You must be able to establish and build interpersonal relationships. The arts of persuasion, negotiation, interviewing and problem solving will serve you well. The ability to work in ambiguous and unstructured situations is critical. Contribute to a unique mission by applying your exceptional interpersonal skills, high-level training and professional talents to the collection of intelligence.


  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Geography, Cartography or Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • History, Government or Political Science
  • Intelligence
  • International Affairs/Relations/Studies
  • Library Sciences or Information Sciences
  • Social Sciences (e.g., Anthropology)
  • Theater/Arts/Art Design

Example Positions

  • Intelligence Collection (Military Intelligence)
    Performs research and substantive review of all-source interagency collection and exploitation requirements. Serves as a central source of military intelligence, developing a highly-trained workforce to collect, analyze, evaluate, interpret, produce and disseminate sensitive military intelligence.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Source Strategies)
    Develops comprehensive multi-INT, multi-source strategies. Creates tasking and dissemination requirements; adjudicates requirements; analyzes and investigates collection performance; assesses and reports on end-to-end GEOINT system performance data.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Foundation Strategies)
    Manages tasking, collection, dissemination, and reporting-related functions. Supports all mapping, charting, and geodesy global programs and products.
  • GEOINT Analyst (Persistent Operations)
    Specializes in the real-time execution of tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination of persistent GEOINT resources and data. Emphasis is placed on time-dominant assessment and reporting, sensor allocation, and responsive collection capabilities of persistent GEOINT sensors.
  • Access Analyst
    Collects, processes, and analyzes communications signals from foreign entities using analog and digital collection and processing equipment. Performs signals and protocol analysis on collected information, as well as first-line network analysis.
  • Access Manager
    Participates in the development, planning, and coordination of the deployment of collection systems, including identifying appropriate collection access points, collection methods, and/or plans necessary to exploit target networks.
  • Access System Architect
    Collaborates across agency to upgrade capability to access emerging and critical foreign entities of interest, correct collection gaps, and improve efficiency of intelligence collection approaches.
  • Operations Officer
    Focuses on clandestinely spotting, assessing, developing, recruiting, and handling non-US citizens having access to foreign intelligence vital to US foreign policy and national security decision-makers. Builds relationships based on rapport and trust using sound judgment, integrity, and the ability to assess character and motivation.


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